Johann Siehr, a craftsman (Handwerker), and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Mariental on 14 June 1766. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Households No. 34 & 35.
Son Johann[es] Siehr and his family are recorded on the 1798 census of Franzosen in Household No. Fz02. [Some translations erroneously record the surname in Franzosen as Zier.]
The 1767 census records that Johann Siehr came from the German village of Merzig in the Kurtrier region.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Fz02.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 104.